What was this consultation about?

When a child is ill with cancer it’s stressful for them, their parents and families. As the NHS England leaders for London and for South East region, we want children to get the best care in the best way.

To provide the very best care for children with cancer, specialist children’s cancer services currently provided by The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust need to move to be on the same site as a children’s intensive care unit.

NHS England (London and South East regions) ran a 12-week consultation on the proposed future location of very specialist cancer services for children living in south London and much of the south east. This consultation is now closed.

We are grateful for all the responses we received, many of which came from children and young people with experience of cancer or their families, and from staff who look after children and young people.  

Next steps

The decision on the future location of the children’s cancer centre will be taken by NHS England leaders for London and South East regions. They will consider the feedback that people gave as part of the consultation and additional evidence that came forward during the consultation, alongside all other relevant information.   

The decision is currently expected to be taken in spring 2024.  

There will be no sudden changes to how children and young people receive care. The proposed future Principal Treatment Centre would not be ready until at least 2026.   

The key documents relating to this decision will be available in the ‘Key documents’ section at the top of this page.